Sunday, April 10, 2011

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert Apr. 11 – Apr. 17, 2011


"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours.

The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.


Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to  If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to BNC, 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.  Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski [at]


The Baltimore IndyMedia Center publicizes peace-related events. Go to


1] Books, buttons and stickers

2] Web site for info on federal legislation

3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists  

4] Buy coffee through HoCoFoLA  

5] Used stamps for humanitarian causes

6] Bring the World Home continues        

7] SOA WATCH lobby day -- Apr. 11

8] Demo at Hart Bldg. -- Apr. 11

9] Marc Steiner on WEAA – Apr. 11 – Apr. 14

10] Protest the death penalty – Apr. 11      

11] Take Back the Night – Apr. 11

12] Talk on Guatemala – Apr. 11      

13] Pledge meeting – Apr. 11

14] Cousteau family members at Goucher – Apr. 12

15] Global Day of Action on Military Spending – Apr. 12

16] War Is Not the Answer demo – Apr. 12

17] Hands on the Freedom Plow – Apr. 12

18] Book THE CIVILIZED WORLD – Apr. 12

19] Film IMPUNITY – Apr. 12

20] Film END: CIV – Apr. 12

21] Philadelphia peace vigil – Apr. 13

22] Malalai Joya at St. Mary's – Apr. 13

23] Norman Finkelstein at Univ. MD – Apr. 13

24] RAF info session – Apr. 13

25] Building Peace – Apr. 13

26] Chestnut Hill, PA vigil – Apr. 13


1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  "God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions" stickers are in stock. Donate your books to Max. Call him at 410-366-1637.


2] – To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at

3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR].  It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed.  It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to the war in Iraq.


To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to  Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.  


THE NOTICES LIST will include only notices of NCNR actions and related information and is open to any interested person to subscribe.  It will be moderated to maintain focus & will include periodic notices about getting involved in NCNR national organizing.  To join the NOTICES List, send an email message to You will get a confirmation message once subscribed.  If you have problems, please write to the list manager at


4] – You can help safeguard human rights and fragile ecosystems through your purchase of HOCOFOLA Café Quetzal. Bags of ground coffee or whole beans can be ordered by mailing in an order form. Also note organic cocoa and sugar are for sale.  For more details and to download the order form, go to


Be sure you indicate ground (G) or bean (B) for each type of coffee ordered. Make the check out to HoCoFoLA and send it with your order form to Nancy Meier, 10 Pepperdine Circle, Catonsville, MD 21228.  Contact Pat McLaine at 410-964-0960 or  The coffee will arrive some time the following week and you will be notified where to pick it up.


5] – Brad Hathaway spearheads an effort to sell donated used stamps to raise money for different humanitarian causes around the world. Go to, and click the link for the stamp ministry.  Carefully clip canceled postage stamps and send to Quaker Missions, PO Box 795, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. Send no small flag stamps or Liberty Bell Forever stamps.


6] – Catch the "Bringing the World Home" exhibit in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps!  The exhibit is in the UMBC Library Rotunda through the end of the semester and consists of 5 display cases featuring photos and artifacts from UMBC's faculty, staff and students who have served in the Peace Corps, including many current and alumni Shriver Peaceworker Fellows.  The center case features pieces from the Peace Corps founding era (a tribute to Sarge Shriver!) and the surrounding case highlight experiences from Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, and the Americas.  If you are coming from off campus, give Joby Taylor a call at (410) 455-6398, and he will give you a tour.


7] – The LASC Conference will close April 10 at American Univ. Ward Circle Bldg. Visit www.lasolidarity.  However, on Mon., Apr. 11, there will be an orientation from 8:30 to 10 AM to prepare for lobbying on behalf of SOA Watch Lobby Day.  The orientation is in the Parish Hall, Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 E. Capitol St., WDC 20003.


8] As feared, Senator Harry Reid and President Barack Obama sacrificed the rights of DC residents to get a deal on the federal budget bill. We need to fight back before the deal is signed into law. Demand democracy for DC by being outside of the Senate Hart Building, which is located at 2nd and Constitution Avenue, NE. us this MONDAY at 5 PM.  Pledge to be there at


The Senate and the House are drafting language for a federal budget bill that will likely include a permanent ban on DC spending its own local money for reproductive health care services for low-income women. It would also impose a voucher program and may ban syringe access programs that help stop the spread of HIV-AIDS. House Speaker John Boehner pushed for these riders forcefully on behalf of his caucus. He should be held accountable for his hypocrisy. But Senator Reid and President Obama agreed to these riders in exchange for a deal when DC's democracy should have been non-negotiable.


9] – The Marc Steiner Show airs Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 PM on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community, or online at   The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email to All shows are also available as podcasts at 


10] – There is usually a vigil to abolish the death penalty every Monday from 5 to 6 PM, outside the prison complex and across the street from Maryland's Super Max Prison, at the corner of Madison Ave. and Fallsway in Baltimore.  Recently death row was moved out of Baltimore, but it was decided to continue the vigil. The next one is scheduled for Mon., Apr. 11. Call 410-366-1637.


11] – Take Back the Night, a rally and march organized by TurnAround, Inc. and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, takes place on Mon., Apr. 11 at 6 PM at City Hall, Fayette and Gay Sts. Speak out against sexual assault and violence.  Call 410-377-8111.


12] – The Network In Solidarity with the People of Guatemala representatives will be at Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St. on Mon., Apr. 11 at 7 PM to talk about exploitation by mining companies.  Call 410-230-0450 or go to


13] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings now take place at Max's residence.  The next meeting is scheduled for Apr. 11.  The agenda will include a report on the April 8 action at the Pentagon, Apr. 9 in NYC, the Fund Our Communities Conference and the Mayors Conference in Baltimore in June.  Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at for directions.


14]  On Mon., Apr. 11 at 8 AM, Jean-Michel and Celine Cousteau, son and granddaughter of Jacques, will give the presentation "The Great Ocean Adventure" at Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College.  The cost is $10, but students, faculty, staff and alumni get in free.  Call 410-337-6333.  Go to


15] On Tues., Apr. 12, the Institute for Policy Studies and the International Peace Bureau will host a Global Day of Action on Military Spending. Go to This is the first-ever Global Day of Action on Military Spending. Some of us are outraged that the world is spending more than $1.5 trillion every year on the military, with the United States accounting for nearly half. Pentagon spending is rising even as our cities are cutting back on vital social services. More than half of all discretionary spending goes to the military here in the U.S. People in more than 35 countries and in dozens of cities around the United States have already signed up to organize actions to say NO to bloated military budgets and YES to funding vital human needs.


Visit the Global Day of Action on Military Spending website and check out materials there. You can find fact sheets and more, as well as find events in your area or learn how to organize one yourself!


16] – There is a vigil to say "War Is Not the Answer" each Tuesday since September 11, 2001 at 4806 York Road. Join this ongoing vigil.  The next vigil is Apr. 12 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Call Max at 410-366-1637.


17] – Hands on the Freedom Plow:  Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC takes place on Tues., Apr. 12 at 6:30 PM at the Wheeler Auditorium, Enoch Pratt Main Library.  In the new book, HANDS ON THE FREEDOM PLOW, fifty-two women -- northern and southern, young and old, urban and rural, black, white, and Latina -- share their courageous personal stories of working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement.


Betty Garman Robinson, a community organizer in Baltimore, will be joined by co-editors – Judy Richardson, Dorothy Zellner, and Jean Smith Young – who will talk about their experiences working for SNCC. The Charm City Labor Chorus, a project of the Labor Heritage Foundation, will perform freedom songs during the event.


18] – Susi Wyss will read from her book, THE CIVILIZED WORLD, a novel with stories set in Africa and the U.S. which follows five women on Tues., Apr. 12 at 6:30 PM at Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road.  Call 410-377-2966.


19] Georgetown Human Rights Action and other groups invite you to the D.C. premiere of the new documentary film IMPUNITY: What Kind of War for Colombia? by Juan Jose Lozano and Hollman Morris to be shown Tues., Apr. 12 at 7 PM at the Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW (right near Union Station), Gewirtz, 12th Floor.  Afterwards, there will be a Q & A with renowned journalist & filmmaker Hollman Morris.  Use Union Station Metro stop.  RSVP to


IMPUNITY is a stunning documentary examining Colombia's paramilitary demobilization process and its impact on hundreds of thousands of victims of violence. In 2005, the Colombian Congress passed law 975, the Justice and Peace law, which created terms for the demobilization of the country's paramilitaries, and the construction of a reconciliation process. The process has been criticized by human rights organizations inside and outside of Colombia, who contend that the terms of the law are too favorable to perpetrators, offer too little to victims, and have allowed paramilitary structures to continue intact. This film examines the law, six years after its implementation, and its impacts on Colombian civil society. Impunity has received awards in France and Switzerland, including a special mention from the World Organization Against Torture.

20] Filmmaker Franklin Lopez will screen and promote his new film END: CIV, an examination of our culture's addiction to systemic violence and environmental exploitation on Tues., Apr. 12 at 7 PM at Red Emma's, 800 St. Paul St.  It also probes the resulting epidemic of poisoned landscapes and shell-shocked nations.  Call 410-230-0450.  Go to

21] – Each Wednesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the House of Grace Catholic Worker holds a weekly vigil for peace in Iraq outside the Phila. Federal Building, 6th & Market Sts. The next vigil is Apr. 13. Call 215-426-0364.

22] – Malalai Joya will speak on Wed., Apr. 13 from 4:45 to 6 PM at  Daugherty-Palmer Commons, St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, MD 20686.  Ms. Joya was a member of the Afghan Parliament and is a fierce anti-war, anti-US intervention, human rights advocate for her country. Go to  Contact Prof. Sahar Shafqat,, 240-895-4910.

23] Norman Finkelstein will be at Univ. of Maryland on Wed., Apr. 13 from 6 to 8 PM in the Jimenez Room 0220, right across from the Stamp Student Union.    He will talk about his books, including the most recent-- "This Time We Went Too Far." His visit is sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace DC Metro Chapter. Contact Samira Farah at or 240-755-1415.  Visit

24] On Wed., Apr. 13 at 7 PM., Research Associates Foundation (RAF) will hold an information session at the Baltimore Free School, 1323 N. Calvert. St., Baltimore 21202.  The session is open to all persons interested in applying for a small grant in the current grant cycle (application deadline April 21).  During the session, we will review the application process and address questions and concerns.  The revised grant application and guidelines are available at


RAF encourages Baltimore area activists to apply for a grant. Ranging from $500 - $2500, the grants will be awarded to individuals and organizations that can be described as "left-leaning," "progressive," 'transformative," "social change oriented," etc.  Note that grants will not be awarded to organizations or projects whose main focus is to provide services.  Rather, the funding has a primary emphasis on research, organizing and/or action for social change in Baltimore.  Email


25] Shannon Welch will discuss THE ART AND ETHOS OF ENDURING PEACE and IMPROVISING ALTERNATIVES TO BUILD PEACE IN OUR CITY AND NATION on Wed., Apr. 13 at 7 PM at FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH OF BALTIMORE, N. Charles AND W. Franklin.  Dr. Welch is a social ethicist and provost and professor of Ethics at Meadville Lombard Theological School, the Unitarian Universalist seminary in Chicago. She has held many positions, and is currently a member of the International Steering Committee of Global Action to Prevent War. One of her books is AFTER EMPRIE: The Art and Ethos of Enduring Peace. 


The Rev. Robert  and Jean Zoerheide Lecture Series speaks to the civic values of the First Unitarian Church  of Baltimore (Universalist & Unitarian) and provides regular opportunities for public dialogue with leading voices  in the Unitarian Universalist and other liberal religious traditions. The series honors the late minister emeritus and his wife for their years of leadership in Baltimore. Call 410-685-2330 or go to


26] – Each Wednesday, the Northwest Greens hold a peace vigil from 7 to 8 PM outside the Borders Book Store, Germantown Ave. at Bethlehem Pike in Chestnut Hill, PA. The next vigil is Apr. 13. Call 215-843-4256 or email  


To be continued


Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at]


"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs


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